Category: Politics

That Grassroot Maybe Astroturf

Atroturfing is a practice intended to give the statements or organizations credibility by withholding information about the source’s financial connection. The term astroturfing is derived from AstroTurf, a brand of synthetic carpeting designed to resemble natural grass, as a play on the word “grassroots.” The implication behind the use of the term is that instead …

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The Russian Connection: FBI Fires Agent Peter Strzok

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has fired Agent Peter Strzok who helped lead the bureau’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election until officials discovered he had been sending anti-Trump texts. Strzok’s lawyer said FBI deputy director David Bowdich ordered the firing on Friday – overruling the bureau’s office of professional responsibility and going …

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Dr. Who’s Message To Trump

After Donald Trump declared that the people of Scotland “love” him, former Dr. Who David Tennant had this massage from the Scottish people.

No More Dog Whistles

The right wing talking heads are coming out of the closet and showing their true racist colors. Fox News host Laura Ingraham let loose with a racist rant on how immigration and demographic change are ruining America. Poor Laura whined, “the America we loved doesn’t exist anymore.” What Ingraham was really saying is that both …

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2018 Elections: Aftermath of Tuesday Primaries and Special Election

Update 23:45: The Ohio 12 special election results have changes and the gap between the two candidates has narrowed to 1564 votes. From the Cincinnati Enquirer, this is what to expect: 1,564: Balderson’s margin of victory in the unofficial, final results Tuesday 3,435: The number of provisional ballots to be counted. These include people who …

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Stopping Presidential Wars

One of my favorite constitutional lawyers is Bruce Fein. Although he is considered a conservative and was one of the authors of the articles of impeachment against President Bill Clinton, Fein advocated for the dual impeachment of Pres. George W. Bush and his vice president, Dick Cheney, during a discussion with then Washington correspondent for …

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Traveling Through Times Zones Once Again

For the next couple of weeks business and family will once again take me through several time zones. It affords me a different perspective on events here in the US and how the rest of the world perceives them and us. While I was putting the final details of my packing this morning. I happened …

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The Russian Connection: Helsinki Deuxième Partie

Pardon my French but Donald Trump got such a thrill out of his two hour private meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin that he has invited Vlad to visit the Fall for a repeat performance. Our buddy Charlie Pierce and I had the same nightmarish thought, what if this coincides with Trump’s military parade? Wouldn’t …

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Surprise, Surprise, There Are Tapes

Anyone who is surprised about the news that Donald Trump’s former fixer Michael Cohen made tapes of conversations hasn’t been paying attention. Michael Cohen secretly recorded a 2016 conversation in which he and President Trump discussed paying hush money to a former Playboy model who claims she slept with Trump, the New York Times reported …

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The Russian Connection: A Russian Spy Story and Peter Strzok

After years of investigations in June of 2010 10 Russian spies were arrested on American soil by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Dubbed Operation Ghost Stories was a reminder that Russian espionage did not end with the fall of the Soviet Union. Using forged documents, some of the spies assumed stolen identities of Americans, enrolled …

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Trump’s Salute to the Fourth of July

We all know that Donald Trump doesn’t read and is constantly surprised by historical events that everyone else knows. NBC’a “Late Night” host Seth Meyers outlined the history of America’s founding seen through Trump’s twisted mind.

How To Get A Cable Network Banned In China

It’s actually much simpler than you would think, China being very thinned skinned about criticism of its leaders and policies. The host of HBO’s “Last week Tonight” John Oliver did it in twenty minutes. How exactly did he achieve that, you ask? Simple, he compared China’s President Xi Jinping to that honey loving cartoon bear …

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